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Address: 99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 03072, South Korea
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+82 2-762-8261
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes

This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as...

This 600-year-old UNESCO World Heritage Site is the city's jewel. It's as famous for its outstanding architectural details as for its verdant and expansive gardens.

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Small-Group Afternoon Seoul Tour
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Morning Tour of Seoul
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Seoul Afternoon Tour Including Palgakjeong, Changdeokgug and Namdaemun Market

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Must see if in seoul

We actually stumbled on this palace by accident I wanted to go to the main palace but this closes on Tuesdays so said we would go to this as we were on our last day- the secret... read more

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Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We actually stumbled on this palace by accident I wanted to go to the main palace but this closes on Tuesdays so said we would go to this as we were on our last day- the secret garden is a must- try reserve a tour online before you go (day before) as we were not able to do the tour... More 

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Leuven, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

You really shouldn't miss the lovely Changdeokgung palace in Seoul, one of the five grand palaces built by the kings of the Joseon Dynasty. The buildings are wonderful, colorful and impressive, but the highlight of my visit to the palace grounds was no doubt the guided walk through the Secret Garden. Make sure to include this in your visit! The... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The palace is lovely but the highlight is the secret garden. You need to join a guided tour, which isn't something we usually do, but the tour guide was interesting and easy to understand. We reserved our places on-line, which was easy to do and can be done up to 6 days in advance. Tours in English are at 10.30,... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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Changdoekgung is by far the best preserved palace in Seoul. While Gyeongbukgung is more famous, it has been altered more. I suggest you take the English speaking tour for your 1st visit, there are usually 2 or more a day. The tour takes you through the grounds and into a couple of the buildings, but more importantly takes you too... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The palace is one of the sights you need to see if you visit Seoul. It's historic and evocative, although the actual building interiors and surroundings are a bit austere and lifeless, as opposed to a more full-functioning actual monastery. The buildings themselves have been very nicely restored, however, and the grounds are impressive. Since the palace is right downtown... More 

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

So many things to say about the palace it definitely deserves a visit. I went on a Friday so I was able to buy the tickets including the pass for the Secret Garden on site . I know you can book online but somehow it wouldn't work on my phone nor iPad. Prepare to spend at least 3 hours on... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Part of our trip is to learn about Korean history, hence we visit this Palace and were glad we did. The Palace ground is huge but we managed to covered all. Worth visiting

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Make sure you get to see the changing of the guard which happens at regular intervals throughout the day. Closed Mondays. Free entry if you wear traditional Korean Hanbok clothing - for hire very reasonably in various locations around the palace.

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The palace was only 10-15 minutes on foot from Anguk subway station. It might be the most beautiful one in Seoul. The cherry blossom was everywhere in the palace at the time we were visiting it. Walking around it might take less than an hour but we decided to slowly do so with resting and feeling the breeze of history... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A nice place to know the history of Seoul or South Korea. Much better if you have a guide so that they can explain every aspects in the palace.

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighbourhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighbourhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the centre of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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